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Virtru vs. Zix: How to Choose the Best Email Encryption Solution for Your Organization

“When our [Zix] contract was up, we knew we could get a solution that was both easier to use and provided us with more control of the content we share. It was an extremely easy decision to make the switch to Virtru."

Ben Baez

Application Administrator

If you're evaluating email security vendors, you might be considering portal-based providers like Zix. In this guide, we'll break down some of the key differences between Virtru and portal solutions like Webroot, powered by Zix. 

First things first: What makes Virtru different from Zix?

The most noticeable difference is that Virtru's user experience is simple for senders and recipients, and that Virtru integrates seamlessly with the apps your teams already use every day.

With Virtru, you can:

check  Apply one-click encryption to emails and files shared through Gmail and Outlook (without leaving those applications).

check  Enable collaboration without portals, new accounts, or passwords. You want recipients to be able to easily access the information that's been shared with them — without friction, and without having to contact support. Virtru makes data sharing simple for everyone.

check  Provide a user-friendly experience for both internal users and external recipients — recipients don't need to install any software or create any new accounts to access the information that's been shared with them. 

check  Seamlessly integrate security within your favorite apps. In addition to our client-side email encryption, Virtru also provides encrypted sharing for large files, automated encryption for highly sensitive content, and data loss prevention (DLP). 

Virtru vs. Zix for Data Security: Key Features

The following chart breaks down key differences between the capabilities of Virtru and Webroot/Zix for email and file encryption. 

Features Virtru Zix 

Email Encryption (End-to-End) 

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Attachment Encryption

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Persistent Protection for File Attachments (Protection beyond email to desktops, drives, etc. via HTML wrapper) check  
On-Demand, In-App Encryption and Controls check  
Revoke Access / Recall Message (for admin and end users)  check  
Set Expiration Dates (for admin and end users)  check  
Portal-Free Authentication check  
Disable Forwarding check  
Attachment Watermarking check  
Read Receipt Visibility for Auditing check  
Encrypted Search check  


Switch to Virtru for Seamless User Experiences and Advanced Data Control

In a Virtru case study, Bancroft describes why they made the switch from Zix to Virtru. “We send a lot of medical documents over email,” said Ben Baez, Application Administrator. “But with Zix, we were never able to actually see if an email was secure— much less be able to revoke something sent in error.” The recipient experience was also not as seamless as Baez had hoped. His team simply needed more confidence and flexibility in their compliance and security controls.

With Virtru, our customers gain a new advantage: 

🚀 Unbeatable Ease of Use: Virtru is easy for everyone: Admins, users, and recipients. Virtru offers true simplicity, reducing the burden of IT teams and making secure data sharing effortless.

🔗 Seamless Integration: Virtru effortlessly integrates with the apps your team uses daily. No more hopping between platforms or wasting precious time. Stay productive without any disruptions.

🔒 Persistent Data Control: With Virtru, you're in charge. Host your own encryption keys, ensuring optimal data sovereignty and the unbeatable protection of Zero Trust.

🔐 Data-Level Decision Making: Make informed decisions about data access with attribute-based access control (ABAC). Take charge of who gets access, how long, and under what conditions—giving you unmatched control and peace of mind.

Move from Portal-Based Solutions to Seamless, Data-Centric Security 

Contact our team today for a demo and see how simple it can be to add a layer of security to your email, file-sharing, and more. Still on the fence? Check out our case study library and customer reviews over on G2.